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Looking at Potential Roster Turnover in 2021 - Over The Cap
Based on this analysis the Eagles would have the least flexible roster in the NFL with 25% of the players under contract for 2021 most likely safe and a whopping 16.2% of their 2020 roster likely returning. That’s fine if the Eagles turn things around but a bad thing if they don’t. The Cardinals ranked number 2 at just under 20% with the high priced Chiefs and Falcons in the 17% range. I didn’t expect the Panthers to be number 5 but they did sign a lot of free agents last season. If we factor free agency into the equation the Saints jump into the top 5 as do the Steelers.

8 leftover thoughts from the Eagles’ embarrassing tie with the Bengals - BGN
Before I rip him, I do want to give Wentz credit for battling back late in the fourth quarter and managing to tie the game. He didn’t give up. But the reality is it shouldn’t be taking a last ditch effort just to go to overtime against the Bengals. That’s not franchise quarterback material. Wentz is the biggest problem with the Eagles’ offense right now. He’s simply been dreadful. His 63.9 passer rating ranks DEAD LAST IN THE NFL. He’s already thrown six picks in three games after only throwing seven in each of his last three seasons. He’s up to 41 interceptions and 51 fumbles in 59 career starts.

Off Day Debrief #4: Chiefs dominate Baltimore + W4 Power Rankings - The SB Nation NFL Show
Rob “Stats” Guerrera and Brandon Lee Gowton were blown away by the Chiefs’ dominance against the Ravens on MNF. Plus, we dive into the Week 4 power rankings. Who is the second best team in the NFC? Where do we put the Bills after they nearly blew a huge lead to the Rams? Finally, Stats explains why Doug Pederson was 100% right to play for the tie in overtime. [BLG Note: Stats is wrong.]

NFC Hierarchy/Obituary: Week 4 - PhillyVoice
15) Eagles (0-2-1): Before the season began, how many head coach/quarterback duos would you have taken over Doug Pederson and Carson Wentz? For me, that number would have been around 5, or fewer. Now?

After Eagles’ abysmal start, could Carson Wentz be benched? Two scenarios that might prompt a QB change - CBS Sports
There’s historical precedent for this kind of “motivational benching” in Philadelphia, and the most recent example is eerily similar: In 2008, Donovan McNabb had just struggled in — get this — an Eagles tie against the Bengals, and the following week, after throwing two picks against the Ravens, coach Andy Reid benched him at halftime for Kevin Kolb, a second-round draft pick the prior year. There are some differences: McNabb was in his 10th year at the time, whereas Wentz is only in his fifth; and the 2008 Eagles were 5-4-1 at the time. But the surprise change worked: After some awkwardness between McNabb and Reid, the two reunited four days later for a Thursday night game, finished the year 4-1 and advanced all the way to the NFC Championship.

The Eagles Were Never Keeping Nick Foles Over Carson Wentz, so it’s Time to Move on Forever - Crossing Broad
The problem with the “Folesian society” is that they feel this incessant need to re-litigate something that was never a discussion in the first place. It was always going to be Wentz over Foles, and no amount of stuffing the square peg into the round hole of hindsight is going to change that. Unfortunately – and this is the worst part – the constant revisiting of a non-topic has an adverse affect on people who love Nick but moved on a long time ago.

How can undermanned, underperforming Eagles reverse course? What if they can’t? - The Athletic
On Wentz, if this season continues at its current trajectory, there will come a time when it’s incumbent upon the team to find out what it has in Hurts so that it can approach roster building with a clearer picture. That the Eagles have the fortune of playing in the NFC East is likely to forestall that tipping point for quite a while. As long as they are technically in the division race, Wentz will be the starter. His track record of being an above-average quarterback is more significant than this three-game stretch as one of the league’s worst quarterbacks, but the longer this form continues, the more perilous his future with the Eagles becomes. Just as there would come a point when they would need to find out about Hurts, they owe it to themselves to find out if Wentz can start to resemble his former self.

Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season - PFF
PICK NO. 21: WR JALEN REAGOR, PHILADELPHIA EAGLES. 2020 overall grade: 54.4. Jalen Reagor missed the Week 3 tie with the Cincinnati Bengals due to injury, sparing him from any more of the wayward targets Carson Wentz has been putting in the air so far this season. Reagor has caught five of the eight passes thrown his way through two weeks, securing three first downs, but his quarterback is suffering through the worst slump of his NFL career, and Reagor’s usage has been all over the map. In Week 1, he was targeted with an average depth of 34.3 yards downfield, but that became just 3.4 yards in Week 2. Reagor is a huge talent and a potential impact player for the Eagles’ offense, yet they don’t appear to have a clear idea of how to best use of him — or the quarterback to make it happen if they did.

Believing that QB Carson Wentz will get back on track - PE.com
I understand how people feel. Nobody saw 0-2-1 coming, and with a brutal schedule ahead, the Eagles are going to have a real battle here. But they only way they’re going to make it through is to be a T-E-A-M, and that includes the players, the coaches, you, me, everybody. You win together and you lose together. That’s the nature of sports. So, yeah, I’m doing the optimistic thing here. It beats the alternative. The Eagles need some good vibes and some good fortune. Every little bit helps.

Fletcher Cox’s words of wisdom to Carson Wentz after latest struggles - NBCSP
“He’s our quarterback, and we’ve got his back and I’ll let that be known, he’s our quarterback,” the five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle said Tuesday. “Just go over there and you just talk to him and keep him up and let him know, ‘Hey man, we’ve got your back.’ Just say strong words and you just stay positive the whole time and just by saying little words like that, that helps people, that keeps their mind clear, and I just went over there and said, ‘Hey man, we’ve got your back, buddy, just be ready to go out there again.’ That’s all.”

Week 3 DVOA Ratings - Football Outsiders
[BLG Note: The Eagles moved up from 32nd to 29th. How exciting! The 49ers, meanwhile, rank third overall.]

Jerry Jones on the status of La’el Collins: “We don’t know. I don’t know. The doctors don’t know.” - Blogging The Boys
Jerry was the one who first brought up the idea of surgery in talking about Collins, and as you can see, noted the benefits of having it done as early as possible in terms of any player so that proper healing can take place. That is obviously common sense. It sounds like there truly is a lot of unknown when it comes to Collins, which is certainly frustrating especially in the game of hindsight. Hopefully there is some clarity regarding Collins moving forward one way or the other so this situation can find some resolution.

Why won’t Dwayne Haskins throw the ball away? - Hogs Haven
After three games, I’ve been left with the distinct feeling that Dwayne was trying to hard to make things happen, and when he felt there were no options left, he was trying to force a solution, rather than tossing the ball away and living to fight another play. Thankfully, virtually ever stat is tracked these days, and most are broadly available, so it’s not hard to see how Haskins stacks up on “passes thrown away” versus other QBs in the league.

5 players to prioritize on the waiver wire for Week 4 - Fake Teams
2. Justin Jefferson (32% rostered, 20% FAAB budget). After his breakout performance in Week 3, I am ALL IN on Jefferson. The Vikings offense has been struggling to find their number two receiver and now finally that position seems to be locked down after how well Jefferson played against the Titans. Further more, the Vikings take on the Texans, Seahawks, and Falcons in their next three games, all teams that have explosive offenses who’ll put up a lot of points, but bad defenses that will allow the Vikings to pass all over them to stay in the game. Jefferson is at the very least a WR3 from this point on.

Kiper & McShay: Early-season college football takeaways, plus expectations for Trey Lance’s lone 2020 start - ESPN+
Trevor Lawrence: His anticipation and accuracy are really impressive, and the 6-foot-6 QB can really drive the ball outside the numbers. He is playing like you’d expect an elite NFL quarterback prospect to be playing. But on-field talent aside, I was even more impressed talking to him before the Wake Forest game — he has grown so much as a leader. When he first took over as starter, he was a bit more cautious, but now he’s the face of college football, and no stage is too big for him. He is the Tigers’ leader on the field, but he is standing out perhaps even more for his forward-facing roles in the “We want to play” campaign and advancing social justice discussions across the country.

Everything to Know About the Titans’ Positive COVID-19 Tests, How They Affect NFL Schedule - MMQB
The NFL—the league office, teams, players, coaches and everyone else in the pro football sphere—has been well-aware that it would almost certainly face unforeseen challenges as it tried to play through a pandemic. This is a real one. That the league is dealing with a cluster of positive tests can’t be considered shocking—in fact, it’s probably more surprising that the NFL made it this far without an issue like the one facing the Titans (and, by proxy, the Vikings and Steelers). And because this is something that could be planned for, the NFL has protocols ready to be rolled out in order to deal with it.

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